America relies on its trucking industry to get goods where they need to be safely and on time. And as the recent American Trucking Association's (ATA) report shows, we are becoming more dependent on this industry than ever before.
The report, American Trucking Trends, provides comprehensive insight into the trucking industry's performance and rate of expansion. It found that 2014 was a record-breaking year, both in terms of freight shipped and revenue for the industry.
"Last year we saw freight volumes grow significantly," Bob Costello, ATA's chief economist, wrote in the report. "Increases in freight combined with continued tight capacity helped drive revenues and coupled with lower fuel prices we saw motor carriers go on a buying spree for new trucks as they replaced older equipment."
According to the report's findings, last year trucks moved 9.96 billion tons of freight, making up 68.8 percent of all domestic freight. This represents a 2.9 percent increase from the 9.68 billion tons of freight that traveled America's roadways in 2013.
"Trends is a valuable resource for showing just how critical – how essential – our industry is," Bill Graves, ATA's president and CEO was quoted as saying in the report. "It is one thing to say trucking is our economy's lifeblood, but it is quite another to show it."
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